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Air Force ROTC

CWU Air Force History

Have you wondered about Air Force ROTC? Interested in finding about what we're all about? Here you can learn about a brief history of Detachment 895 "Home of the Cascade Cowboys." Click on one of the links in the content navigation menu to learn more about AFROTC and see if you are eligible to join.

About Detachment 895

The Cascade Cowboys

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 895 at Central Washington University, is one of 145 units located on colleges and universities across the nation. An additional 690 institutions maintain "crosstown" programs with the above units. Detachment 895 was established in June of 1951. Enrollment in ROTC was mandatory for all male freshmen and sophomore students during the unit's first decade, and by 1955 there were 600 cadets in the 895th Cadet Wing. The Fall quarter of 1963 marked the beginning of voluntary AFROTC at Central. Each year, the unit generally commissions 10+ second lieutenants, whom serve on active duty with the Air Force. The unit is one of 34 assigned to the Northwest Region of AFROTC. Within the University, the AFROTC program is designated as the Department of Aerospace Studies in the College of Education and Professional Studies.

The mission of AFROTC Detachment 895 is to provide instruction and experience to all cadets in a diversified university environment so they can graduate with the knowledge, character, and motivation essential to become leaders in the United States Air Force.

Detachment 895 has a long history of success and has received numerous awards. The Detachment has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. Also, Detachment 895 was the AFROTC 1991 nominee for the Air Force Verne Orr Award and was rated as one of the best AFROTC units in the country to include third overall in 1987. The cadet corps led the nation in physical fitness for two years between 1988-1992, and in 1992 was the Northwest Region winner of HQ AFROTC Standard Bearer Competition that evaluated knowledge and skills of unit cadets. In 2009, Detachment 895 was the recipient of the Right of Line for Small Unit Award.

Since June 1951, Detachment 895 has evolved from a required course for male students into a highly select, competitive program providing future leaders for the United States Air Force and the nation.

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Current as of:  Wednesday, 1 October 2014